Los Angeles Angels at Texas Rangers
|Date & Time||Wednesday April 17, 2019, 8:05 PM (EDT)|
Globe Life Park
Texas Rangers -120 / Los Angeles Angels +100
The Los Angeles Angels and the Texas Rangers meet in the finale of their three game AL West division set from Globe Life Park on Wednesday night.
The Los Angeles Angels will look to avoid the sweep after dropping the first two games of the series following a 5-0 loss in game two on Tuesday. Andrelton Simmons went 2 for 4 and Mike Trout added a base hit of his own as the Angels mustered up just three hits as a team in the losing effort. The rest of the Angels lineup ended up going 0 for 20 with 6 strikeouts in the losing effort. Jaime Barria took the loss, falling to 1-1 after allowing four runs on six hits over five innings of work. Matt Harvey will start game three and is 0-1 with a 10.05 ERA and 11 strikeouts this season. This will be Harvey’s second career start against Texas.
The Texas Rangers will look to complete the sweep after taking the first two games of the series following Tuesday’s victory. Joey Gallo and Asdrubal Cabrera each had a home run and two RBIs with Gallo going 2 for 3 at the dish in the win. Nomar Mazara added an RBI with a double to round out Texas’ scoring in the win, while Shin-Soo Choo added a double. Elvis Andrus went 2 for 4 while Logan Forsythe chipped in a base hit as well in the victory. Mike Minor threw a complete game shutout for the win to improve to 2-1 on the year after allowing just three hits while striking out seven. Lance Lynn will start game three and is 1-1 with a 4.82 ERA and 19 strikeouts this season. In his career, Lynn is 0-2 with a 4.56 ERA and 23 strikeouts against the Angels.
Los Angeles is 3-7 in their last 10 division games and 2-8 in their last 10 road games against a right-handed starter while the under is 16-5-1 in their last 22 games overall. Texas is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall and 5-1 in their last 6 home games while the over is 10-4 in their last 14 games following a win. Los Angeles is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings between these two teams.
Just when I think that the Angels are turning a corner offensively, the Angels forget how to score and get shut out in game two while the Rangers light up the scoreboard. Now the Angels have to try to go out and win a game with Matt Harvey pitching, who is struggling like the Matt Harvey of old, allowing 14 runs over his last 8.1 innings of work, including eight runs in four innings in a start against the same Rangers less than two weeks ago. Lynn struggled out of the gate, but lately he’s settled down, allowing just three runs in his last 13 innings of work. Texas has also flat out been the better team in the first two games of the set, so I’ll lay the juice with the Rangers in this spot to complete the sweep.